Kodai-Ji Temple during a light-up in Autumn

Kodai-ji Temple is located between the Yasaka no To Pagoda, and the Maruyama Park. It is one of the finest temples in the Southern Higashiyama Area.

It was established in 1606 by Nene in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598) and contains numerous items that belonged to the couple.

I would recommend visiting this temple during the fall or spring during one of the numerous light-ups organized there. Indeed, its beautiful garden is a designated national historic and famous scenic place, and was designed by one of Japan ’s most famous garden designers (Kobori Enshu).

There is also a beautiful little bamboo grove that is gorgeous by night with lighting.

Don’t miss the tea house designed by the founder of the tea ceremony — Sen no Rikyu.

If you do go there in the evening, be aware that the light-up features a “show” that is quite surprising…!

Here are a few photos taken during different seasons and times.

Kodai-Ji Temple

Kodai-Ji Temple


Opening hours:  9 am – 5:30 pm, last entry 5:00 pm

Admission:  yen 600
Discount ticket for 3 places (Kodai-ji, Sho Museum, and Entoku-in Temple): yen 900

Nearest Transport:  5 min walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 206 or 207


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